Discover a major – but neglected – figure of early 20th-century British art in this retrospective of Henry Lamb.
Known for his unusual portraits, Lamb became one of the leading British figurative painters of the first half of the 20th century. Patron of Stanley Spencer and close friends with Augustus John and members of the Bloomsbury Group, he co-founded the post-impressionist Camden Town Group in 1911 which frequently met in the studio of Walter Sickert. He was also an accomplished musician, trained as a doctor and his friends described him as a well-read and erudite conversationalist.
Despite the significant influence he had on the work of his more famous contemporaries, Lamb himself is little known today. In this first major retrospective since 1984, the full range of his talent as a painter is explored, including his townscapes and landscapes, early pictures of Ireland and Brittany, and the work he produced as a war artist in both the First and Second World Wars. As well as exhibiting many works from the Artist's Estate, the exhibition also includes loans of important works from museums and galleries across the country.
The exhibition represents a partnership between Poole Museum and Salisbury Museum, under the umbrella of the Wessex Museums Partnership, supported by Arts Council England. Salisbury Museum will be showing August John: Drawn from Life from 18 May to 29 September.